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List of national association football teams by nickname

This is a list of nicknames of national association football teams.

Contents

AFC (Asian Football Confederation)Edit

Team Nickname Translation
  Afghanistan Širhâi Khorâsân Lions of Khorasan
  Australia Socceroos,[1] Roos "Soccer kangaroos"
  Australia (Women's) Matildas
  Bahrain الأحمر (Al-Ahmar) The Red
  Bangladesh Bengal Tigers[2]
  Bhutan Druk Eleven Eleven Dragon
  Brunei Tebuan The Hornets
  Cambodia គោព្រៃ (Kouprey) Kouprey Blue
  China PR 龙之队(lóng zhī duì);国足(guó zú) The Dragons, The National Team
  China PR (Women's) 铿锵玫瑰 The Forceful Roses
  Guam Matao[3]
  Hong Kong 蛟龍
勁揪
The Dragons
The Strength
  India The Blue Tigers
  Indonesia Merah Putih The Reds and Whites
Garuda A Mythical animal
  Indonesia (Women's) Putri Merah Putih The Reds and Whites Ladies
Putri Garuda Garuda Ladies
  Iran تیم ملی Team Melli[1] The National Team
  Iraq اسود الرافدين (Usood Al-Rafidain) Lions of Mesopotamia[4]
  Japan サムライ・ブルー (Samurai Blue) Blue Samurai[5][6]
  Japan (Women's) なでしこジャパン (Nadeshiko Japan) Large Pink[6]
  Jordan النشامى (An-Nashama) The Brave Gentlemen
  Kuwait الأزرق (Al-Azraq) The Blue
  Kyrgyzstan Ак шумкарлар (Ak shumkarlar) White Falcons
  Lebanon Les cèdres du Liban[7] Cedars of Lebanon
  Malaysia Harimau Malaya[8] Malayan tiger[8]
  Maldives Red Snappers[9]
  Mongolia Xөx чононууд Blue Wolves
  Myanmar Golden Tiger
The White Angels
    Nepal The Gorkhali Gurkha (Bravery Nepalese warriors)
  North Korea 천리마 (Chollima)[5] Thousand-mile Horse
  Oman الأحمر (Al-Ahmar) The Reds
  Palestine الفدائيون (Al-Fedayeen) Palestinian fedayeen
  Pakistan پاک شاہین The Greens, Pak Shaheens
  Philippines Azkals[10] The Street Dogs[10]
  Philippines (Women's) Malditas[11] Feisty Ladies[12]
  Qatar العنابى The Maroon (Al-Marrun)
  Saudi Arabia الأخضر (Al-Akhdar)[1] The Green
الصقور الخضر The Green Falcons[13]
  Singapore The Lions
  South Korea 붉은 악마 Red Devils[1]
태극전사 Taegeuk Warriors[5]
  Syria نسور قاسيون Qasioun Eagles
  Tajikistan Шерҳои Форсӣ (Šerhoi Forsi) The Persian Lions
Тоҷҳо (Tojho) The Crowns
  Thailand ช้างศึก (Changsuk)[14] War Elephants
  Thailand (Women's) ชบาแก้ว (Chaba Kaew) Glass Hibiscus
  Timor-Leste O Sol Nascente The Rising Sun
  Turkmenistan Zümerretler Emeralds
Ahal-tekeler Akhal-Tekes
  United Arab Emirates عيال زايد Zayed's sons[15]
الأبيض The White
  Uzbekistan Oq bo'rilar White Wolves[16]
  Vietnam Sao Vàng The Golden Star[17]
Rồng Vàng The Golden Dragons[17]
Rồng Lửa The Fire Dragons[18]
  Vietnam (Women's) Những Cô Gái Vàng The Golden Girls

CAF (Confederation of African Football)Edit

Team Nickname Translation
  Algeria الفنك Ar
Les Fennecs Fr[5]
Fennec foxes
محاربي الصحراء Ar
Les Guerriers du Désert Fr[19][20]
The Desert Warriors
  Angola Palancas Negras[1] Sable antelopes
  Benin Les Écureuils[21] The Squirrels
  Botswana Zebras[22]
  Burkina Faso Les Étalons[23] The Stallions
  Burundi Les Hirondelles[24] Swallows
  Cameroon Lions Indomptables[5] Indomitable Lions
  Cape Verde Tubarões Azuis[25][26][27] Blue Sharks
  Central African Republic Les Fauves The Wild Beasts
  Chad Les Sao After the Sao civilisation
  Comoros Les Coelecantes[28] The Coelacanths (A type of fish)
  Congo Diables Rouges[29] Red Devils
  DR Congo Les Léopards[30] The Leopards
  Ivory Coast Les Éléphants[1] The Elephants
  Djibouti Riverains de la Mer Rouge Shoremen of the Red Sea
  Egypt الفراعنة The Pharaohs
  Equatorial Guinea Nzalang Nacional The Nation's Thunder
  Eritrea The Red Sea Boys
  Ethiopia Walyas Walia ibexes
  Gabon Les Panthères The Panthers
  Gambia Scorpions[31]
  Ghana Black Stars[1]
  Guinea Syli National[32] Elephant National Team
  Guinea-Bissau Djurtus The Djurtus (a species of fox)
  Kenya Harambee Stars[33]
  Lesotho Likuena[34] Crocodiles
  Liberia Lone Stars[35]
  Libya فرسان المتوسط The Mediterranean Knights
  Madagascar Barea[36] A species of zebu
  Malawi Flames[37]
  Mali Les Aigles[38] Eagles
  Mauritius Club M
Les Dodos The Dodos
  Morocco أسود الأطلس (’Esoud ’Al-’Atlas) Ar
Les Lions de l'Atlas Fr[19]
Lions of the Atlas
  Mozambique Os Mambas The Mambas
  Namibia Brave Warriors[31]
  Niger Mena[39] A species of antelope.
  Nigeria Super Eagles[5]
  Nigeria (Women's) Super Falcons
  Rwanda Amavubi[40] The Wasps
  São Tomé and Príncipe Seleção dos Falcões e Papagaios The Falcons and Parrots Team
  Senegal Les Lions de la Téranga[41] The Lions of Teranga
  Seychelles The Pirates
  Sierra Leone The Leone Stars
  Somalia Ocean Stars[42]
  South Africa Bafana Bafana[5] Boys Boys
  South Africa (Women's) Banyana Banyana[43] Girls Girls
  South Sudan Bright Star
  Sudan صقور الجديان (Sokoor ’Al-Jediane)[29] Falcons of Jediane
Nile Crocodiles[44]
  Swaziland Sihalngu Semnikati[45] King's Shield
  Tanzania Kilimanjaro Stars[46]
Taifa Stars[47]
  Togo Les Éperviers[1] The Sparrowhawks
  Tunisia نسور قرطاج Ar
Les Aigles de Carthage Fr[1]
Eagles of Carthage
  Uganda Cranes[48]
  Zimbabwe The Warriors[31]
  Zambia Chipolopolo[49] The Copper Bullets

CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football)Edit

Team Nickname Translation
  Anguilla The Soccer Dolphins
  Antigua and Barbuda The Benna Boys
  Aruba La Selección
  Bahamas Rake & Scrape Boys[50]
  Barbados Bajan Pride
  Belize Beliceños Belizeans
Jaguars
  Bermuda Gombey Warriors[51]
  British Virgin Islands Nature Boyz[52]
  Canada Canucks
Les Rouges The Reds
The Flying Moose
  Costa Rica Los Ticos The Costa Ricans
La Sele Shortening of "The Selection" (In Spanish)
Los Matacampeones The Champion Killers
  Cuba Los Leones del Caribe The Caribbean Lions
  Dominican Republic Los Quisqueyanos The Dominicans
  El Salvador La Selecta The Selected
Los Cuscatlecos[53]
  Grenada Spice Boyz[54]
  Guadeloupe Les Gars de Guadeloupe[55] Guys of Guadeloupe
Gwada Boys[55]
Les Boug'Wada[55] Creole version of "Gwada Boys"[55]
  Guatemala Los Chapines The Guatemalans
La Azul y Blanco The Blue & White
  Guyana Golden Jaguars
  Haiti Les Grenadiers The Soldiers
Le Rouge et Bleu[53] The Red & Blue
  Honduras Los Catrachos The Hondurans
La Bicolor The Bi-color
La H The Letter H (The initial for Honduras)
  Jamaica Reggae Boyz
  Jamaica (Women's) Reggae Girlz[56]
  Mexico El Tri from "Tricolor": green, red and white
  Nicaragua Los Albiazules The Whites & Blues
Los Pinoleros Pinole makers
La Azul y Blanco The Blue & White
  Panama La Marea Roja The Red Tide
  Puerto Rico El Huracán Azul The Blue Hurricane
  Saint Kitts and Nevis Sugar Boys[57]
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Vincy Heat[58]
  Suriname De Natio Shortening of "National Selection" (In Dutch)
Suriboys
  Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors[1]
  United States Stars & Stripes[59]
The Yanks[60]
The Outlaws

CONMEBOL (Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol)Edit

Team Nickname Translation
  Argentina La Albiceleste[61] The White and Sky-Blue
Los Gauchos The Cowmen
  Bolivia La Verde The Green One
  Brazil Canarinha Little Canary (reference to yellow shirt)
Seleção[62] The Squad (as in a player draft)
Verde-Amarela The Green and Yellow
  Chile La Roja[63] The Red One
  Colombia Los Cafeteros The Coffee Growers
La Fiebre Amarilla The Yellow Fever
La Tricolor Colombiana The Colombian Tricolour
  Colombia (Women's) Las Chicas Superpoderosas[64] The Powerpuff Girls
  Ecuador Amarillos Yellows
La Tri[1] The Tricolour
  Paraguay La Albirroja[1] The White-Red
Los Guaraníes[1] The Guaranies
  Peru La Blanquirroja The White-Red
Los Incas The Incas
  Uruguay La Celeste[65] The Sky Blue
Los Charrúas The Charrúas
La Celeste Olímpica The Olympic Sky Blue
  Venezuela La Vinotinto[66] The Burgundy
El Equipo Patriota Patriot Team

OFC (Oceania Football Confederation)Edit

Team Nickname Translation
  F.S. Micronesia The Four Stars[67]
  New Caledonia Les Cagous The Kagus
  New Zealand All Whites [68]
  New Zealand (women's) Football Ferns[69]
  Papua New Guinea Kapuls[70] Tok Pisin for Cuscus

UEFA (Union of European Football Associations)Edit

Team Nickname Translation
  Albania Kuqezinjtë,[71] Shqiponjat (Shqipet) The Red and Blacks, The Eagles
  Andorra Tricolors
  Armenia Հավաքական (Havaqakan) The Collective team
  Austria Wunderteam[72] Wonder team
  Azerbaijan Milli, Odlar Yurdu The National Team, Land if fire
  Belarus White Wings, Белыя Крылы (Belia Kryly) The White wings[73]
  Belgium Les Diables Rouges, De Rode Duivels, Die Roten Teufel The Red Devils (French, Dutch and German)
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Zmajevi, Ljljani, Zlatni Ljiljani The Dragons, (Golden) Lilies
  Bulgaria Лъвовете (Lavovete), Трикольорите (Trikoliorite) The Lions, The Tricolors
  Croatia Vatreni;[1][74] Kockasti;[75] Crvena i bijela;[74] Plavi;[74] Srce vatreno; il furioso incendio[74] The Fiery Ones (Blazers); The Chequered Ones; The Red and White; The Blue(s); Fiery Hearts;[76] The Blazing [or Raging] Fire
  Cyprus I Galanolefki The White and Blues[73]
  Czech Republic Nároďák[1] The National Team
  Denmark The Danish Dynamite
  England The Three Lions[1]
  Estonia Sinisärgid[77] The Blueshirts
  Faroe Islands Landsliðið the National Team[73]
  Finland Huuhkajat The Eagle Owls[78]
  Finland (Women's) Helmarit The Pearl Owls[79]
  France Les Bleus[1] The Blues
  Georgia ჯვაროსნები (Jvarosnebi) The Crusaders
  Germany Die Mannschaft The Team[80]
  Greece Το Πειρατικό (To Piratiko); Η Εθνική (I Ethniki) The Pirate Ship; The National Team
  Hungary Nemzeti Tizenegy, Aranycsapat The National Eleven, The Golden Team
  Iceland Strákarnir Okkar Our Boys[73]
  Israel Ha Nivheret, Ha Khoolim Levanim, Ha Melah[81] The National Team, The Blues-And-Whites, The Salt
  Italy Azzurri The Azures
  Kazakhstan Қаршығалар (Qarshyghalar) The Hawks
  Latvia 11 vilki 11 Wolves[73]
  Liechtenstein Nati short for "Nationalmannschaft"[73]
  Lithuania Rinktine The National Team[73]
  Luxembourg D’Leiwen The Lions[73]
  Macedonia Црвени Рисови / Crveni Risovi The Red Lynx"
  Malta Il-Kavallieri The Knights (of Malta)
  Moldova Selectionata The Selection
  Montenegro Hrabri Sokoli The Brave Falcons
  Netherlands Oranje[1] Orange
  Northern Ireland Norn Iron[82]
  Norway Drillos Used during the leadership of Egil "Drillo" Olsen
  Poland Biało-czerwoni / Orły[1] The White and Reds / The Eagles
  Portugal Selecção das Quinas[1] National Team of the Quinas; The "Navigators"
  Republic of Ireland Na Buachaillí i nGlas The Boys in Green
  Romania Tricolorii[83][84] The Tricolours
  Russia Sbornaya the national team
  San Marino La Serenissima The Most Serene
  Scotland The Tartan Terriers, The Tartan Beasts
  Serbia Бели Орлови White Eagles
  Slovakia Repre / Naši Short for Národná reprezentácia (The National Team) / The Ours
  Spain La Furia Roja, La Roja, La Furia[5][85] The Red Fury, The Red, The Fury
  Sweden Blågult The Blue-Yellow
   Switzerland Nati Short for Nationalmannschaft (The National Team)
  Turkey Ay Yıldızlılar The Crescent-Stars, The Comeback Kings
  Ukraine Синьо-жовті[1] The Blue and Yellows
  Wales Y Dreigiau The Dragons

Former teamsEdit

Team Nickname Translation
  Yugoslavia Plavi The Blues
  Soviet Union Красная Армия (Krasnaya Armya) The Red Army
  East Germany Weltmeister der Freundschaftsspiele[86][87] World champion of friendly games
  South Yemen South Falcons

See alsoEdit

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